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A dark wood table is covered with wrapped caramels. One caramel square is unwrapped ready to taste!
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5 from 6 votes

Easy Homemade Caramels

Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr
Servings: 81 squares (1"x1")

Ingredients

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream divided
  • 2/3 cups light corn syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup salted butter very soft
  • 4 Tbsp. flour
  • 4 Tbsp. corn starch
  • 2 tsp. vanilla

Instructions

  • In a large sauce-pan with a heavy bottom, heat the sugar, corn syrup, and one cup of cream over medium heat. No need to stir yet.
  • When the mixture comes to a boil, stir in the rest of the cream and attach a candy thermometer to the side of the pan with the end in the caramel mixture. Turn the temperature down to the lowest simmer possible. I usually use the 1-2 level heat on my burner.
  • Allow the candy to heat slowly to 235 F (the beginning of softball stage) stirring every 15 minutes or so. The candy can be cooked on a higher heat but using a low heat and cooking it slowly allows the sugar to fully caramelize and take on a much better flavor. A nice dark amber color should develop before you let the candy come fully to softball stage. If they are light in color and getting too close, just turn down the stove.
  • While the caramel is cooking, butter 9x9" baking dish and set aside.
  • In a small bowl, mix butter, flour, and corn starch together and set aside.
  • When softball stage is reached, add the butter / flour mixture to the caramel on stove and stir until it boils again.
  • Remove from heat, and stir in vanilla. Pour the caramel out into the buttered baking dish and refrigerate until cool.
  • When cool cut into bite size squares and wrap in waxed paper. It is easiest to cut these when they are cold from the refrigerator. I use a metal frosting spatula to lift them out of the pan.
  • Store in the refrigerator to keep them nice longer and serve chilled.

Notes

All stoves and pans are different. If you cook it on higher heat it will be done faster, lower heat it will be done slower. The lower the heat and slower the cooking the better the flavor. If you double the recipe it will take much longer. One time I made four batches in one pan and it took me about 8 hours to get them cooked! I don't suggest making more than two recipes at once. These days when I want to make two batches I usually use two pans and make the batches simultaneously.